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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shavertown Man Is Charged With Failing To File His Company's Employment Taxes And His Own Personal Taxes

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Criminal Information was filed in U.S. District Court in Scranton charging a Shavertown man with failing to pay his company's employment taxes and failing to pay his personal taxes.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, from the first quarter of 2010 to the last quarter of 2012, Jeffrey Miller, age 45, of Shavertown, failed to pay the employment taxes for JMSI Environmental Corporation which he owned and operated.  Additionally, Mr. Miller failed to file his own personal income tax returns from 2008 through 2011.  These actions resulted in a tax loss of more than $473,000.

The government also filed a plea agreement with the defendant which is subject to the approval of the court.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Evan Gotlob.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 6 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a maximum fine of $350,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated September 16, 2016